JA! is a volunteer-based NGO which operates out of Mozambique. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of friends who had grown concerned about the manner in which Mozambique was developing in the unregulated global economy. We were concerned that with rapid foreign investment into our fledgling democracy, with its relatively weak civil society and inaccessible legal system that we might lose much of our country’s natural beauty which we believe belongs to the people of this country and is not for sale to big business.
Justiça Ambiental!(JA!) is Portuguese for Environmental Justice! and ‘ja’ means ‘now’ in Portuguese. We at JA! view the environment as an holistic concept and thus view environmental justice as the act of using the environment as a vehicle for ensuring equity and equality across society. In support of sustainable development we try to view the concept of equality on a grand scale, and as such, value the rights of future generations to a healthy and safe environment, to the same degree that we value that right for ourselves.